John G. Klavuhn

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John G. Klavuhn

July 16, 1936 - February 17, 2019

John G. Klavuhn John G. Klavuhn, 82, of Ligonier, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the Bethlen Home.

He was born July 16, 1936 in Wellsville, OH, son of the late Roy Klavuhn and Doris Wilkinson Klavuhn.

John earned his Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine. He taught mechanical engineering at several colleges including the University. of Maine, Lafayette, and retired from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1999, a teaching career that extended for thirty-four years. John was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed creating his own fishing flies and lures. He was a life time member of Trout Unlimited and its conservancy efforts. He was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the American Society of Engineering Education.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters.

John is survived by his wife of sixty years, Patricia Dolan Klavuhn; three children: Kristina Lee (and her husband Gary Hochard) Klavuhn of New Florence, Karen Lee (and her husband Robert Yonker) Klavuhn of Santa Fe, NM, and Kurt G. (K.C.) Klavuhn of Johnstown, and a granddaughter, Katja Klavuhn.

A service to celebrate John's life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions , if desired, may be made in John's memory to Trout Unlimited to aid in their conservation programs. You may send your donation to: Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, W.Va 25438 or to The Klavuhn Scholarship Fund at UPJ, c/o Kurt Klavuhn, Engineering Division Office, Ehgineering and Science Building, UPJ, Johnstown, PA 15904.

The J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel, Inc., of Ligonier is assisting the family.

To leave a condolence or tribute for John or his family, please visit: www.
Published on February 19, 2019
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Diane Keafer
Feb 23, 2019
Professor Klavuhn was my favorite professor at UPJ (MET ‘79). He inspired us to do our best, and his thermodynamics class was a big influence on my career choice in power generation. I hope that his impact lives on in all of us, and in what we were able to achieve in the world because of him. He will always be remembered.
Barb Carroll
Feb 21, 2019
My heart understands the loneliness of your soul.
Love, Barb
Edward Vizzini
Feb 20, 2019
I worked with John for 10 years and he participated in my roast when I left UPJ. He was a great friend and I will miss him.
Dr. Mary Saylor
Feb 20, 2019
Dear Pat...I am shocked and saddened. There are no words that will ease the pain of your loss, but I hope it is of some small comfort to know that so many others remember John with great respect and fondness. Much love to you and your family.